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's a passionate advocate of gun control. he has strong feelings and harry reid proposed to drop a ban on semi-automatic weapons. meanwhile breaking news in syria. chemical weapons in the passive civil war. this as president obama is on his way to the region tonight on his first visit to israel and the west bank since he became president and as 55 people were killed and more than 200 wounded in battle scenes all over iraq on the 10th anniversary of shock and awe. i want to bring in at the start of this from cnn, life in iraq, arwa damon. another terrible day in baghdad. the anniversary of george bush's announcement that america was at war with iraq. 55 people killed. more than 200 wounded. very hard to see that there is anything but chronic instability and continued hideous bloodshed there. what is your take? >> it's such a tragedy really the way things have unfolded in iraq. just looking at iraqi faces, seeing how pale they had become. we are hearing after one attack after another. people's voices actually began trembling. this is violence that, first of all, the iraqis never even imagined wo
. this is "the five." ♪ >> dana: our friend senate majority leader harry reid is taking well-deserved heat after tying the tragic accident that killed marines in his home state to the sequester. >> it's important we continue training our military. one thing in sequester we cut back in training and maintenance. it's just not appropriate, mr. president, that the military can't train and do the things that are necessary. the men and women of marine were trained. with the sequester it will cut this stuff back. >> dana: today, names and pictures of three of the seven marines killed were released. josh martino. roger bushnick and josh taylor. the names of the other will be released tonight after military does what it needs to do to inform the families. andrea, i want to go to you first. imagine being reid's spokesperson so say the sound bite did not happen. to say he was trying to tie the tragic don't the sequeste sequester. >> andrea: he said crazy things in the past. he said there wasn't a jobs bill then men would stay at hope and drink beer and beat their wives. it wonder if based on his comments a
plan, the ban on assault weapons. that ended this week after harry reid dropped the ban from any legislation. so, jim, you didn't get a lot of coverage on that in the media. >> well, on cnn on thursday, you got a certain amount of oh, hand wringing, it's so terrible. the end of everything in terms of this issue. and you're struck by the contrast that news thursday was covered and the flip for the president in last year. talks about mental health parents, educators and the pl panoply of things you might do. and so adam lanza the killer there, and sort of fallen out of the picture and the things have become gone control. the at media is so focused, john holmes, right about a the lot of things, converted to islam, and in terms of what was going on with him. the only thing they want, define as justice for newtown is gun control up or down. >> jon: we'll get to you in a second, judy. ron fournier wrote the ban on assault weapons sponsored by dianne feinstein of california died tuesday with barely a whisper from the media or the white house. black bunting should have hung from every wi
. >> this brings me to guns. there is so much going on not the least of which harry reid saying forget about the assault weapons ban. we'll talk about it after the break. i'm sure you are as angry as i am. >> what a weinie. both tylenol and bayer advanced aspirin are proven to be effective pain relievers. tylenol works by blocking pain signals to your brain. bayer advanced aspirin blocks pain at the site. try the power of bayer advanced aspirin. >>> dianne has worked so hard in this. she understands going back to the day she found a mayor dead in his office killed how strongly she feels about that. i know that. but right now her amendment using the most optimistic numbers has less than 40 votes. that's not 60. >> senator harry reid spreading his stunning decision to drop the assault weapons ban proposed by senator dianne feinstein. i was incensed when i heard this. hearing harry reid say, well, i can't get enough votes so we'll put it on the back burner. this is about prohibiting the kind of weapons that murdered the poor children at sandy hook. that's what he put on the back burner. what wa
about gun control with strong feelings. senator harry reid's decision in the senate to drop a proposed ban on semi-ought mat you can weapon in the wake of the shootings in newtown an chemical weapons in the massive civil war, president obama on his way to the region and first trip to israel and the west bank since he became president and 65 poem were killed and more than 200 wounded in battle scenes all over iraq on the tenth anniversary of shock and awe. i want to bring in the start of this now. orway damon is live in iraq. orwa, another terrible day. 55 people killed. more than 200 wounded. very hard to see that there's anything but chronic instability and continued hideous bloodshed there. what is your take? >> it's such a tragedy really the way things have unfolded just in iraq. looking at iraqi faces looking at those attacks taking place, seeing how pale they had become. hearing one attack after another. people's voices actually began trembling. this is violence that, first of all, the iraqis never even imagined would end up being the outcome of america's war in iraq. so many of t
. the chairman is in the hot seat. he'll be here live to counter his critics. >>> plus, senate leader harry reid says democrats will not have an assault weapons ban in their new gun regulation bill. and that is not sitting well with one of the top backers. good morning from washington. it's wednesday, march 20th, 2013. the first day of spring. come on, you like this tie. it's colorful. this is "the daily rundown." i'm luke russert in for chuck todd who is in israel for the president. he'll be joining us from there in a few moments. president obama has arrived in the middle east to begin i had four-day tour of the region. but it's not all pomp and circumstance. difficult issues loom as the leaders prepare for meetings later today. but publicly, the focus is on what president obama called the eternal bond between the two nations. >> the united states of america stands with the state of israel because it is in our fundamental national security interests to stand with israel. it makes us both stronger. it makes us both more prosperous and it makes the world a better place. >> in an unstable and unce
's proposed ban on 157 models of assault-style weapons. this week senate majority leader harry reid stripped feinstein's gun ban from the bill for strategic reasons, so that the senate will take it up next month. the pared down legislation focuses on school safety and gun trafficking. at new york's city hall mayor michael bloomberg who heads mayors against illegal guns implored congress for an amendment to the stripped down legislation. >> the only question is whether congress will have the courage to do the right thingor whether they will allow more innocent people, including innocent children, to be gunned down. >> the mayor was flanked by vice president joe biden who reminded the audience that congress has passed a been on assault weapons in 1994 and could do so again. the vice president also turned to a mother of one of the schoolteachers killed in the newtown, connecticut massacre. >> you know, it's time for the political establishment to show the courage your daughter showed. it must be awful being in public office and concluding that even though you might believe you should take actio
control. majority leader harry reid says he will move the package of bills when they come back from spring recess next month. it will include back ground checks but not a ban on assault weapons. >> for all those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons, for all those who say the politics is too hard, how can they say that? when you take a look at those 20 beautiful babies. and what happened to them. and those six teachers and administrators. >> these are john lien on's blood eyeglasses from the day he was murdered. good to see both of you, good morning. let me read to you from the column in the washington post this morning. we all know what's happening here. senate democrats face a tough battle to hold on to their slim majority. i'd love to hear them explain their cal kragss to the parents of newtown. emily, is harry reid's bill essentially a surrender that's based on the political reality of the vote next year? >> i would actually even challenge even at this point harry reid's cal slags that this is a political reality. the reality is the american public is already there. partic
exercise explosion. now outrage over senator harry reid's remarks. it sounds very political. >> our marines were training in hawthorne. with the sequester it is going to cut this stuff back. >>alisyn: did he connect the tragedy to the sequester? marines are reacting. >>steve: white house tours are canceled for all of us, and pink slips are out and the sequester has everybody scared except the white house. their budget for a st. patrick's party untouched, and wait until you see who was inviteed to that party last night that you weren't invited to. >>brian: we're irish. we would have qualified. a proud dad posted this picture of his son who passed a hunter safety course. next thing you know cops are raiding his home demanding to see his gun. that boy, his dad, live at the top of the hour. "fox & friends" starts now. ♪ >>alisyn: almost freezing today at 6:01. >>steve: within the next hour we're going to flip over to spring officially. the vernal equinox before 7:00 eastern time here in new york city where it is 33 degrees in the canyon of concrete. >>alisyn: at some point the earth has to sp
nation's capitol, senator dianne feinstein is hopping mad about harry reid's refusal to have a vote on the assault weapon's ban. she says she is not going to just roll over and play dead on this issue. and former chair michael steele calls reince priebus numb nuts. oh, man. lots to talk about this morning on current tv. billy zane stars in barabbas. coming in march to reelz. to find reelz in your area, go to reelz.com can become major victories. i'm phil mickelson, pro golfer. when i was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis my rheumatologist prescribed enbrel for my pain and stiffness, and to help stop joint damage. [ male announcer ] enbrel may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal events including infections tuberculosis lymphoma, other cancers, nervous system and blood disorders, and allergic reactions have occurred. before starting enbrel your doctor should test you for tuberculosis and discuss whether you've been to a region where certain fungal infections are common. you should not start enbrel if you h
of the state. dirty harry reid blames the death of seven marines who were killed during a training exercise during what, the sequester, and comments after the break. and this facebook photo caused new jersey state authorities to raid the home of a law abiding, gun owning citizens and you'll hear directly from the father of this child, they threatened to take this child out of the home. he's not happy and neither is michelle malkin. we'll hear from them and from karl rove on "hannity." ♪ [ slap! ] [ male announcer ] your favorite foods fighting you? fight back fast with tums. calcium-rich tums starts working so fast you'll forget you h heartburn. ♪ tum tum tum tum tums you'll forget you h heartburn. license and registration please. what's this? uhh, it's my geico insurance id card, sir. it's digital, uh, pretty cool right? maybe. you know why i pulled you over today? because i'm a pig driving a convertible? tail light's out.. fix it. digital insurance id cards. just a click away with the geico mobile app. (announcer) scottrade knows our and invest their own way. with scottrade's smart te
training and new outrage over senator harry reid's remarks and is he playing politics with the giant tragedy? >> late last night, seven of our marines were killed and many others were injured in that explosion during a training exercise in nevada. and mr. president, it's very important that we continue training our military-- one of the things that sequester is cut back in training and maintenance. cut back in training and maintenance, that's the way the sequester was written. it's just not appropriate, mr. president, that our military can't train and do the maintenance necessary. these men and women our marines training at hawthorne and with the sequester cut this stuff back. and with the sequester it's going to cut this stuff back. i just hope everyone understands the sacrifices made by our military, they are significant. significant. >> senator reid wasting no time using this military tragedy our nation's tragedy as an opportunity to talk with the the sequester. it's sparking outrage. senator reid disgusted by your attempt to politicize the seven deaths in nevada, if you possesse
is not sufficient. i believe the most important thing that senator harry reid just do is go over to the marine barracks and stand before a formation of marines and truly give an apology for what he said on the senate floor because for him to try to draw a connection between sequestration, budget cuts and what happened, we don't need anyone politicizing this event. in may of 2012 he had a totally different stance in a political article. but greta, i received countless amounts of e-mails from the regiment of retired marines and i'd just like to take the time to read one of those statements from a very senior retired marine officer, when he said the majority leader of the senate, a position which calls for the utmost and principled set of behavior, statesmanship, dignity and decorum not to mention intellect and common sense stoops to such callo political statements as those uttered by senator reid-- that would include his fellow senators, constituents, all americans especially those who have made and repeatedly honor a commitment to serve in harm's way when he required. now, i was an officer for
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: great. now, that's the forecast. great to see it. up next, senator harry reid tells a major tenant of the presidents can control the agenda. in the "chalk talk" i'll show you the real reasons why. ♪ ♪ (train horn) vo: wherever our trains go, e economy comes to life. norfolk southern. one line, infinite possibilities. ♪ >> this is very important to me. and i'm not going to lay down and play dead. i think the american people have said in every single public poll that they support this kind of legislation not to give me a vote on this would be a major betrayal of trust. lou: senator dianne feinstein is not happy with senator harry reid. as you heard her they're insisting she will give up her fight to pass a ban on assault weapons for a second time, despite her dramatic rhetoric today, the senators facts to not quite lineup. kelli, asking americans in late january what approach congress and the president should focus on, well, to prevent further school shootings for example. just 30%, 30 percent responded that they should focus on passing new laws on the sales of guns and ammunit
to the gut when senator harry reid said that assault weapons ban will not be part of the comprehensive senate package. and this could be part of the reason. check it out. the nra, its fundraising hit record highs, $1.6 million in february alone. that's the best number they've posted since 2000. put it up against mayor bloomberg's super pac. he put up just $2 million last month. let me bring in our guests. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> hi, chris. >> biden says he's not giving up. i don't know. is that just talk? harry reid says the assault weapons ban had only 40 votes. where does he think he's going to get these votes from? >> i think this just shows you what a contentious issue gun control is in this country. i would have thought, given the events of the last few weeks and months that we would be much farther along. i can only hope that bloomberg and his money, as you pointed out, are going to help balance this issue out. i hope that he keeps pressing on this hard as well, but politically i think it is going to be a very tough sell. >> it is, i think, worth mentioning some
harry reid as he makes remarks on the deaths of seven marines and now some say it was eight. we'll get to the bottom of that. while seeming to tie in the issue of those sequester spending budget changes. we'll take a closer look at mr. reid's remarks and debate the chalaims that he was using the dead marines for political advantage. >> seven dead marines, somebody's sons, somebody's fathers, somebody's brothers, seven dead marines, and this jerk goes to the senate floor and he has to talk about the sequester which had nothing to do with it. the man doesn't have a principled bone in his body, not one. then how'd i get this... [ voice of dennis ] ...safe driving bonus check? every six months without an accident, allstate sends a check. silence. are you in good hands? nlove. as americanswe believeold we can'tin freedom.pern we that's what i fought for as a marine, and that's what we believe in as republicans. freedom means freedom for everyone. i didn't use to understand the importance of same-sex marriage, but after learning my brother was gay i wanted the same rights for him. he was the
to the democrats first budget resolution since 2009. and senate majority leader, harry reid, has guaranteed that universal background checks will be part of a final gun control package. they'll begin debating that when they return from their easter recess. joining me is "washington post" national political correspondent and my colleague, karen tumelty and john morris. my mentor. harry reid focusing on the positive in some way said that this universal background checks will in the bill. what he didn't say is that high capacity magazines, banning those, and the assault weapons ban will not be, they'll be offered as amendments, what does this say about how much the political climate, if at all has changed as it ties to guns, karen, since what happened in newtown, connecticut late last year. >> well harry reid says he's basically counting the votes here. there are not the 60 votes it would take to overcome a filibuster on the tougher measures, i think also that he is looking at the fact that he has some democratic seats up for re-election in 2014. and in 2014. and in some states that it's going
leader harry reid has decided to remove the assault weapons ban from a larger reform package. it will, instead, be voted on as an amendment. nbc's mike viqueira joins us live now. mike, what happened? why did the majority leader decide that 157 different models of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines did not deserve to be a part of a broader bill to ensure that tragedies like that in aurora, in newtown, connecticut, never happen again? what's happened? >> reporter: well, you know, harry reid was faced with a very fundamental question, martin. he could put on what is essentially an unpopular measure, dianne feinstein notwithstanding, and that's a renewal of the assault weapons ban. he could put it on that base bill and have it bring down the entire bill. under that circumstances, by harry reid's estimation, it has fewer, martin, fewer than 40 votes in support in the united states senate. you can't blame it all on ted cruz and his compatriots on the republican side. there are several democrats who don't favor a renewal of the assault weapons ban. you need 60 votes. harry reid tol
mostly because harry reid called a cloture vote. over, some of the issues take a long time to marinate. that that as people thought it through, i think they realize it's not having a good comprehensive immigration policy is hurting us economically and it's not the right thing to do. it's time to solve it. i admire everyone for coming to the table. but i want to make a point. what rand paul is saying is contrast to gang of eight. his idea is security first, legalization and then citizenship. gang of eight put forward legalization, security and then citizenship. that seems like you could find a compromise, but that is a big leap between security and legalization piece and flipping them. >> andrea: what do you think, eric? >> eric: rand paul opened up a can of whoop-ass on the hill and they were flooded with calls say dog you care to weigh in on rand paul's idea? he threw people for a loop. he came out with an idea at one point he said leads to path of citizenship, which is different from a lot of things they say and has been proposed in past. what he said talk tablet comprehensive immigr
second story "out front," can harry reid cave? so today he shelved the assault weapons ban introduced by the democratic colleague senator dianne feinstein. reid's explanation, well, let me play it for you. >> i won't try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. i think the worst of all worlds would be to bring something to the floor and it dies there. >> but did reid really want it "out front," david frum and paul begala. paul, this doesn't sound like the harry reid we all know. this is a guy to say, you know what? 57% of the people in this country favor this assault weapons ban. i'm going to take it to the floor and if republicans want to shoot it down, then you know what? fine. i'll let them take the blame and looking at that and the fact he has a high rating from the nra, one might get a little suspicious. >> first off, he is going to take it to the floor but it's a separate amendment. i will not be part of the larger gun safety bill including things like expanded background checks, mental health, school safety, gun trafficking and ammun
. >>> democratic majority leader harry reid's decision to not let the assault weapons ban go to the floor for the floor angered dianne feinstein, who is not giving up. >> this is very important to me. i'm not going to lay down and play dead. i think the american people have said in every single public poll that they support this kind of legislation. >>> joining me now for more on that, and all the other political news, for our daily fix, chris cillizza, and susan page. hi to both of you. while i'm away, you let the assault weapons ban die, practically, at least harry reid says he's not going to let it go forward. susan, his calculus is that it didn't have the votes and he wanted to have something passed. that's good tactics in terms of the senate, but isn't it surrendering to the nra? >> well, it's a cold calculation. what can get through the senate, the straw purchasing provision my biblt get through the senate. it's possible that university background checks, to gun shows and other venues might get through, but there was no way an assault weapons ban was going to get through this senate
: senator dianne feinsteins not happy with senator harry reid. as you heard her they're insisting she will give up her fight to pass a ban on assault weapons for a second time, despite her dramatic rhetoric today, the senators facts to not quite lineup. kelli, asking americans in late january what approach congress and the president should focus on, well, to prevent further school shootings for example. just 30%, 30 percent responded that they should focus on passing new laws on the sales of guns and ammunition. want to repeat, only 30%. 65 percent said that they should focus of school security measures and the mental health system. by the way, i want to give credit to wayne lapierre of the nra. right now the nra is the only organization or voice that has stood up and said precisely what the solution is, and it is, by the way, in place and author of the public schools in this country. it needs to be in wondered%. senate majority leader harry reid says the assault weapons ban had fewer, as he put it -- this is his language, fewer than 40 votes. fifty-one and need for passage and 60 to
newtown. and harry reid says this about the assault weapons ban. >> i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. the worst of all worlds would be to bring something to the floor and it dies there. >> the men who have seen the tragic toll of guns up close. they're demanding change. i talked to police chiefs from newtown and all around the area about what they saw that tragedy crick day and what it will take to keep america's children safe from further massacres much. >>> plus, president obama, tensions rising throughout the region. is iran now the greatest threat? >> our policy is to prevent iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. >> will syria's civil war spill over? >> assad's regime must understand they will be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons or their transfer to terrorists. >> the president's one-time middle east peacemaking. is now the time to kiss and make up? >>> this is "piers morgan live". you've heard a lot of heated debate on this show on both sides. tonight i'm going to talk to five men who probably know more than most of us about guns a
ban stripped out of the broader senate bill, harry reid has taken some flak for that. joe biden yesterday, the vice president of the united states who has taken a lead role on this, on npr talking about the assault weapons ban and whether or not it is doomed. let's play that and we'll talk about it. >> we are still pushing that it pass. the same thing was told to me when the first assault weapons ban in 'now was attached to the biden crime bill, that it couldn't possibly pass. last time we passed it we only had seven republican votes in 1994. >> but he doesn't have the democrats. >> well, again, i just -- i've never found it makes any sense to support something and declare there's no possibility of it passing. >> okay. it still seems very unlikely to pass. harry reid on the floor two days ago saying there are 40 votes and they need 60. but there is a disconnect on gun legislation in general between congress and the american public. you pointed this out to me and i wanted to note it. quinnipiac poll of florida voters, support for gun safety measures, 91%, 91%. 91% of people don't
. >> sreenivasan: it passed both chambers in a rare show of bipartisanship. senate majority leader harry reid: >> the way we used to, and the way we used to do things is fund the government in a timely fashion. we have the opportunity to do that now, we're taking care of the next six months. during this six months the government is functioning because if what we've done here. >> sreenivasan: this came after lawmakers agreed on easing some budget cuts to food inspection services and flexibility for the pentagon on the sequester cuts. those automatic across-the-board spending cuts, agreed to during the last fiscal fights, will be felt more intensely over the next few weeks. finally, the broader issue as congress battles over the budget. today, house republicans approved their budget, which dramatically changes entitlement programs like medicare and makes more spending cuts. the senate began debate today on a very different version of a ten-year spending plan written by democrats. they call for higher taxes to fund government programs. house speaker john boehner remained skeptical. >> the budget
will include universal background checks. this according to harry reid who introduced the bill on the senate floor last night. the top senate democrat is vowing that any bill that passes the senate must include background checks, the most contentious portion of the measure. reid also promised votes on proposed assault weapons ban. the legislation also aims to make gun trafficking a federal crime and strengthen safety measures at schools. >>> and just yesterday, the late beetle john lennon was thrust into the gun debate when his widow drew attention to the cause tweeting a photo of her late husband's blood splattered glasses from the day he was assassinated by a crazed lone gunman. >>> and now here's your first look at this morning's dish of scrambled politics. republican senator sax by chambliss of georgia was asked if his views on same sex marriage have changed? he replied, i'm not gay, so i'm not going to marry one. well that clears that up. >>> patty davis, the daughter of former president ronald reagan has a novel out about a woman falling in love with her sister-in-law. she denies the s
has been unfolding. senate majority leader harry reid went to the senate floor and talked about the training accident and immediately talked about the sequester budget cuts and military training. we'll let you hear the remarks and the latest on the investigation a little later in the show. tensions rising on the korean peninsula where the u.s. is flying nuclear capable b-52 bombers over the south. the pentagon says the move is in response to escalating threats from north korea and that it's trying to draw attention to the fact that the u.s. has, quote, extended deterrents capabilities. the aircraft flew over the peninsula on march 8th with another mission planned for today. after more than a decade, pakistani authorities arrest add man linked to the brutal murder of wall street journal reporter daniel pearl. a senior pakistani official says the suspect was arrested in karachi. daniel pearl was on the way to interview a pakistani militant, he was later beheaded in a video that was sent to u.s. officials and posted online and is extremely upsetting, so now the beginnings of some j
to be all but dead in a stunning announcement yesterday, harry reid said he would not be bringing to the floor the highly controversial assault weapons ban, that bill because it has less than 40 votes. so let's listen to what senator dianne feinstein had to say. >> the enemies on this are very powerful. i've known that all my life. it doesn't take a weapon away from anyone. i mean, my goodness, the nra says there are 2 million of these or 3 million of them whatever it is in the country already. how many assault weapons do you need in the united states of america? >> joining me now a democrat from connecticut. senator, it's very good to see you. thank you for joining me. >> thank you, alex. >> i'd like at the cover of "the daily news" here in new york. it shows the pictures of the victims of sandy hook elementary. right there in the center, "shame on u.s." senator blumenthal, what happened here? and do you agree about the power of so-called enemies? is this what made harry reid reverse his promise to bring this bill to the senate floor? >> you're right, alex, to describe this assau
month. harry reid said it was blocked because he felt p t would block passage of any bill at all. >> right now, her amendment, using the most optimistic numbers has less than 40 votes. i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. >> i asked him if this could be part after package. he said, no. this is very important to me and i'm not going to lay down and play dead. >> democratic senator dianne feinstein of california reacting angrily to the assault weapons ban she sponsored being dropped. senior congressional reporter for politico. this is senator reid's announcement. shame on the united states. shame on us. and shows pictures of victims of sandy hook elementary shooting there. a poll showing 57% favor an assault weapons ban. president obama in a state of the union address that we all heard and reported on the next day. those families deserve a vote. keith boykin, why can't the families get a vote on this? >> well, they deserve a vote. unfortunately they won't be getting one because senator hire reid can chose to remo
their courage, and their sacrifice." >> from the senate floor, nevada's harry reid said marines all over the world are mourning the loss. >> "my thoughts are with those who were injured and of course the >> the accident happened late monday night. emergency officials say four medical helicopters were sent to transport patients to area hospitals. the white house says president obama was immediately briefed on the incident. >> "the president's thoughts and prayers go to the families of those who were lost and to those who are injured. we're obviously in the early stages of assessing the incident. it's a tragedy, clearly." >> the army depot is used for storing ammunition and weapon stocks set to be deactivated. it's also used by military units for high desert trainingfore deployment overseas. the marines involved were based at camp lejeune, n.c. while the investigation continues, the military is holding off on using any of the mortars from the same manufacturing lot as the ones that were used at the nevada base. >> catherine: while not unexpected, a huge blow today for advocates of gun cont
a big hit in the u.s. senate today. majority leader harry reid says he will bring a guns bill to the floor without an assault weapons provision because it just didn't have the support among senators and could block the passage of any bill had it been included. >>> first day of spring is tomorrow. in new england tonight it looks like the dead of winter as a major snowstorm is dropping a foot or more on some places. this is what it looks like right now in auburn, maine, where it was coming down in whiteout conditions in the last hour. they are expecting 12 to 18 inches there. parts of upstate new york as well tonight. behind all of this, bitterly cold air for this time of year anyway. smaller snow squalls around the great lakes. >>> the meteor that rocketed into russia really got our attention a few weeks back. we learned today about the threat of such things to our modern world. in the meteor and asteroid tracking business, they call the big ones city killers. while there was very little good news today about our chances of getting them before they get us, there was some talk a
martha: this is a possible big setback for gun control advocates. senate majority leader harry reid says that he is dropping the assault weapons ban part of this which is really what we've been talking about all along. dropping that from the senate's gun control package. i'm joined by senator scott brown who is not at all surprised by this action. the former u.s. senator and fox news contributor joins us now. senator, good to have you with us to america's newsroom. >> thank you very much. martha: a lot of people talked about the big talk on sought weapons ban and it was so important to be passed. now it is not in the bill and been deleted. >> he is particular harry reid trying to protect senators up for re-election in red states making sure he wasn't going to have to take tough votes. during my three years he was always protecting his members to make sure they didn't take tough votes. get them in a room together, let them work out some type of compromise everybody can live with. martha: what do you think about it? everybody is saying this is huge win for the nra who very much wanted focu
debate. senate majority leader harry reid announcing the assault weapons ban authored by california senator dianne feinstein will not be included in the democratic gun control legislation that currently is working its way through the chamber. instead reid says feinstein's proposal will have, quote, an opportunity for a vote, possibly as a separate amendment. now this effort was sparked by the newtown school shooting in december and since then, we have seen a surge in applications for gun permits across this country. according to the fbi we saw a record 19 1/2 million background checks for firearms last year. nearly three million of them coming in december alone. that is the most for any month on record. and more than 7 million from december through february. that is a 54% increase from the previous year. this national trend is echoed in the microcosm of newtown, connecticut. where law enforcement say they have seen the pace of applications for gun permits double. so what does this all mean for the gun control debate, an effort going forward? joining me fox news political analyst jua
support tougher gun laws -- >> gun legislation -- >> reporter: last week senator minority leader harry reid dropped an assault weapons ban from the larger gun bill declaring it couldn't pass. >> there's a lot of wear rareness among members of congress and the nra. >> reporter: the debate is focused on this senate for now. advocates for tougher laws will stage two rallies here tomorrow. no matter what the senate winds up doing, gun control faces a much tougher challenge in the republican controlled house. >> kristin welker tonight, thank you. >>> the supreme court turns its attention this week to an issue that's the subject of shifting public opinion -- same-sex marriage. there were rallies in support of it today in new york and other cities. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams is at the court for us tonight. pete, good evening. >> reporter: lester, good evening. this is the first time the supreme court has delved into the issue of same-sex marriage and is considering challenges to two laws -- the defense of marriage act that blocks the federal government from recognizing it, and
much it has to do with an agenda to attack the second amendment. >>> senate majority leader harry reid says the senate will take up the gun bill when the chamber returns from recess next month. >>> secretary of state john kerry has just arrived for an unannounced visit to kabul, afghanistan, for talks with president hamid karzai. earlier secretary kerry was not mincing words when it comes to the ongoing civil war in syria. the secretary made some of his harshest comments to date on sunday during an unannounced trip to meet with iraqi leaders in baghdad. he told iraq's prime minister the country must take steps to stop iran from using iraqi airspace as a means to ship weapons to syria. however, after talks described as spirits, no breakthrough was achieved. >> anything that supports president assad is problematic and i made it very clear to the prime minister that the overflights from iran are in fact helping to sustain president assad. >> talks also focused on iraq's transition to democracy as it prepares for upcoming elections at a time when violence is on the rise. >>> back here in t
harry reid's statements this week that the more ambitious measures such as an assault weapons ban are not going to get through the senate. i think the politics of the issue remain what they always were, think -- which is that there is broad public support for a lot of these measures but it's geographically intense in some areas and not in others. but i also think on one side there is an intensity on the issue, the anti-gun control side where it's not a driving issue and the memories are a lot shorter on the other side. >> there is also broad public support for a compromise on the fiscal front. is there any indication that in the coming months that will be part of this recalculation on the part of the republican leadership and the democratic leadership? >> there is some indication just looking at white house rhetoric. president obama in the winter had been saying look, it's not a matter of whether i can have a round of golf with speaker boehner, the only thing that's going to change is if those guys flatly change their position. we've seen all this outreach in the last couple weeks
reform. president obama's initiative to reduce violence in america has been severely weakened. harry reid has announced the most controversial and ambitious part of the president's proposal a ban on assault weapons will not make the final cut when he brings the bill up for debate. >> but, right now, her amendment using the most optimistic numbers has less than 40 votes. that's not 60. i have to get something on the floor so we can have votes on that issue and the other issues i talked about and what i'm going to try to do. i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. >> senator dianne feinstein who sponsored the ban was clearly irritated. the california democrat told reporters, obviously, i'm disappointed. i tried my best but my best i guess was not good enough. you'd think congress would listen but they clearly listened to the national rifle association and they do. the ban would have outlawed it nearly 160 semiautomatic weapons and limited the size of magazines to ten rounds. and in today's "daily news" a removal of the assau
harry reid decided they were not going it to put it in their gun bill that they're going to put on the floor. it's an assaults weapons ban. over 200 weapons are still available to americans. but no, this was not good enough. the reason was because reid and other democratic senators were afraid of how it would play. max baucus of montana jon tester of montana. mark begich of ark heidi keitkamp and joe maughan. they're running scared. if they all band together and said you know what we're going to do this, they would be with the american people. it turns out this time they were not with the american people. and then of course "abc news" washington poll post conducted march 7th shows 57% of americans support assault weapons ban. 41% oppose it. 57% of americans support it. why cannot the senate get that through their heads? why can't they sit there and say, you know what, this is what the people want. let's vote on it. 57 is the smallest majority for any of these gun laws. we've heard 91%--91% are in favor of universal background checks. mark bagich said, we don't need universal bac
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